Alumni in Leadership Spotlight: Stefanie Chappell

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Stefanie Chappell came to Christ through the Chi Alpha ministry at University of the Pacific in California. She graduated in 1990 with a double major in Pre-Law and Psychology. During the past 25 years, Stefanie has served in a variety of positions at all levels within Chi Alpha. Now she is joining the National Chi Alpha leadership team by stepping into the position of National Field Director. Stefanie enjoys spending time hanging out at coffee shops, having dinner with friends,…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Jonathan Sixtos

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Chi Alpha alumnus Jonathan Sixtos graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2012 with a Bachelor of English degree and minor in Psychology. Following graduation, he began his career in Education, becoming an English teacher at Victoria East High School. In 2014, Jonathan earned the distinguished honor of being named a semi-finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year! He shared the experience of receiving the award, and how Chi Alpha helped prepare him to reach the students in…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Steve Kramer

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Just keep saying ‘Yes’ to Jesus and you will live a life beyond your wildest imagination. Steve Kramer is a living testimony that God can accomplish His purposes through anyone, regardless of their limitations. Born premature with Cerebral Palsy, Steve overcame many difficulties growing up as a boy. He graduated in 1996 from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Following graduation, he worked for two years as a TV news anchor in Oregon, but felt God…

Alumni on Campus Spotlight: Bryan and Hannah Bessette

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Bryan Bessette graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire in 1998 with a BA in Physical Education. While at Plymouth State, Bryan served in the student leadership of Chi Alpha, where he met his wife Hannah, who graduated in 2000 with a BA in Music Education. Bryan and Hannah received a calling to pioneer a Chi Alpha chapter at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where they have been campus missionaries since 2002. They have been married since…

Alumni on Campus Spotlight: Rebecca Haavik

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Rebecca Haavik grew up a Chi Alpha Missionary Kid, an XAMK. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Haavik, served as Chi Alpha missionaries at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). Rebecca graduated in 2010 from UMD with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. Following graduation, she worked for several years in the nonprofit sector, coordinating youth mentoring programs. However, Rebecca felt God calling her to serve in campus ministry. This fall, she begins her first year as a Chi Alpha Missionary Associate…

Alumni on Campus Spotlight: Sarah Malcolm

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Chi Alpha alumna Sarah Malcolm graduated in 2000 from Missouri State University with her BA in Religious Studies, then received her MA in Practical Theology from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) in 2003. While serving on staff with the Chi Alpha ministry she graduated from, she led missions teams to Scotland, meeting her husband Rob along the way. Since 2013, Sarah and Rob have been leading a new Chi Alpha chapter on the campus of Yale University in New…

Transforming the Marketplace Spotlight: Brian Smith

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Brian Smith serves as the Chairman of the National Chi Alpha Alumni Association. Brian received his BA in Communications in 2004 from Auburn University in Alabama. Following graduation, he gave two years of his life back to Chi Alpha, one as a Missionary Associate at Auburn, and a second year at the National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Springfield, Missouri, where he was involved in planning for the first-ever World Missions Summit in 2005! Since 2007, he has been making…

Taking the Next Step: Information

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Diversity is a core value in Chi Alpha and on most campuses. Yet, while we use the same word, it is doubtful we mean the same thing. Perhaps you’ve thought about this and asked yourself “what are our Father’s desires regarding diversity and how can I work with him to see those desires fulfilled on my mission field?” Over the next few months, we will be sharing some insights from Revelation 7:9, probably the most well-known and often quoted Scripture…

Taking the Next Step: Information Part 2

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Last month we talked about the first stage of diversity development, Information. We talked about the importance of informing ourselves on God’s view of diversity, as opposed to society’s. Another part of this stage is finding out about your campus. Who’s on your campus that is not in your group? How can you minister to those that are not currently represented? Cindy Evans, staff member at University of Michigan, shares some of their thoughts as they look at their campus,…

Formation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
The second stage of diversity development is Formation. Once we’ve built a foundation of God’s perspective and have informed ourselves on who is on our campus and what some of their felt needs are, our next step is to work at forming/bringing together a community that represents the campus. A look back at Rev. 7:9 shows us no one is left out. In the same way, it is our goal to form a community made up of every ethnic, tribal,…

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